Vol. 55, No. 10Tenth Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 22, 2007

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Scientist to speak on intelligent design, evolution

Dual Choice enrollment ends Friday

Chancellor to hold strategic planning dialogue

College of Nursing and Health Sciences reorganizes

Rally to raise domestic/dating violence awareness

Diversity listening session set
for Oct. 25

On-campus flu vaccine clinics to begin this week

Disability Awareness Month update

Diversity awareness campaign adds new posters

Photo corner: Hockey Profs face women Blugolds


Scientist to speak on intelligent design, evolution

Kenneth Miller
Kenneth Miller

The Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion will host guest lecturer Kenneth Miller for a free discussion about intelligent design and evolutionary science from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium

Miller, a professor of biology at Brown University, is a preeminent evolutionary scientist and the author of the most widely used high school biology textbook in America, as well as "Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution." He was the lead witness in the Pennsylvania intelligent design case involving a group of parents who are suing the school district for requiring high school biology teachers to read a four-paragraph statement to students that casts doubt on Darwin's theory of evolution. Full story. Go to top of page

stethoscopeDual choice enrollment ends Friday
UW-Eau Claire employees are reminded that any changes to their health insurance coverage must be made by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, the last day of the Dual Choice enrollment period. The effective date of any changes will be Jan. 1, 2008. See the Human Resources online newsletter for more information. Go to top of page

Chancellor to hold strategic planning dialogue
Strategic planning logoFaculty, staff and students are invited to attend a campus dialogue with Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich focusing on UW-Eau Claire's academic mission. The informal discussion, to be held from 4-5:30 p.m. today in Hibbard Hall Room 101, will address issues raised by the recently released strategic planning work group proposals and the subsequent input from faculty, staff and students.

The conversation will address such questions as:

  • What do we really mean about a more intentional learning experience and are we ready to make it happen?
  • We say we're committed to excellence, but does that mean status quo?
  • What is the role of graduate education at UW-Eau Claire?
  • What principles need to drive our financial decision making?

Students, staff and faculty are invited to come when they can and stay as long as their schedules allow. Beverages will be provided.

Outcomes of today's dialogue and a previous session held Oct. 10 will be shared with the University Planning Committee, which will draft the final strategic plan. Go to top of page

College of Nursing and Health Sciences reorganizes
UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences has recently undergone a reorganization. The college now consists of two departments: the nursing department and the public health professions department.

The three former nursing departments (family health nursing, adult health nursing, and nursing systems) have been brought together into a single department of nursing. Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is serving as interim chair of the nursing department until a search for a permanent chair can be completed.

In other changes to the college structure, the environmental public health program is now the single program in the public health professions department. Two other programs music therapy and health care administration have moved to other university departments. The music therapy program has joined the department of music and theatre arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the health care administration program has moved to the management and marketing department in the College of Business.

A new position has been added to enhance student services in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Dr. Sheila Smith, a professor of nursing who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1989, has accepted the position of assistant dean for prelicensure programs. In addition, Dr. Robin Beeman, associate professor of nursing, has had her title changed from coordinator of the nursing department's Marshfield site to assistant dean-Marshfield site. The duties of the position have not changed. Full story. Go to top of page

Rally to raise domestic/dating violence awareness
A Rally to End Domestic and Dating Violence will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, on UW-Eau Claire's Central Campus Mall. The event, hosted by the Women's and Gender Equity Center, will include speakers, an open microphone and information on campus and community resources. The event is free and open to all. In case of inclement weather, the rally will be held in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. Full story. Go to top of page

Diversity listening session set for Oct. 25
The chancellor's Diversity Advisory Commission will hold a listening session from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Room 119 of the Nursing Building. The session will seek input from university faculty, staff and students on how they experience diversity at UW-Eau Claire.

The Diversity Advisory Commission advises Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich on ways to promote the success of students, faculty and staff belonging to historically underrepresented and underserved populations. More information. Go to top of page

On-campus flu vaccine clinics to begin this week
UW-Eau Claire's Student Health Service will offer five flu vaccine clinics for university students, faculty and staff beginning Thursday, Oct. 25. The cost of the vaccine is $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Clinics will be held at the following times and locations:

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25: Potawatomi Room, Davies Center
  • 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25: Hilltop Lounge
  • 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29: Hilltop Lounge
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31: Potawatomi Room, Davies Center
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6: Potawatomi Room, Davies Center. Go to top of page

Disability Awareness Month update:
New Hibbard lot ramp opens, poster contest winners named

Terry Classen, Randy Palmer, Kathleen Hurley and Kimberly Barrett
Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS

Recent and upcoming events are marking UW-Eau Claire's observance of Disability Awareness month in October:

An Oct. 15 ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the official opening of a new universal-design pedestrian ramp in UW-Eau Claire's Hibbard parking lot. Pictured above during the ceremony were (left to right) Terry Classen, director of facilities planning and management; Randy Palmer, landscape architect and grounds supervisor in facilities planning and management; Kathleen Hurley, director of services for students with disabilities; and Kimberly Barrett, associate vice chancellor for student development and diversity.

Lisa Butterfield poster Winners in the Student Senate Disability Awareness Poster Contest are sophomore Lisa Butterfield, who took first place with her poster design at left, and senior Dianne Chlupsa, whose design below took second place.
Dianne Chlupsa poster

The UW-Eau Claire Student Senate announced last week the first- and second-place winners in its Disability Awareness Poster Contest. First place went to sophomore Lisa Butterfield, and second place went to senior Dianne Chlupsa.Their posters, pictured at right, are on display through Oct. 27 in Davies Center in the display case across from the TV lounge.

The Disability Awareness Celebration/Reception will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Presidents Room of Davies Center to honor Services for Students with Disabilities scholarship recipients; Student Senate poster contest winners; and faculty awardees Dr. Margaret Devine and Dr. Rosemary Battalio, who have been exceptionally supportive of the needs of students with disabilities. Go to top of page

Diversity awareness campaign adds new posters

Allen Ramsey diversity poster Amy Krause diversity poster

In recognition of Disability Awareness Month, a poster featuring Allen Ramsey, a graduate student with a visual impairment, will be added to the UW-Eau Claire diversity awareness campaign. The Ramsey poster and a second new poster featuring Amy Soh-Jin Krause, a recent art graduate, will be displayed on bulletin boards across campus.

The diversity awareness campaign now includes 16 posters with photos of UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, staff and alumni, along with quotes from the individuals about what makes them diverse. The campaign addresses all types of diversity, including but not limited to race, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, geographic diversity and people with mental or physical disabilities.

For more information about the diversity campaign, to make a suggestion or to receive a copy of a poster for your department or office, contact Kimberly Barrett, Student Development and Diversity, at 836-5992 or barretka@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

Photo corner: Hockey profs face women Blugolds
The Hockey Profs ice hockey team, made up of UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members, played a benefit game against the Blugold women's hockey team Oct. 13 at Hobbs Ice Arena. More than $600 in proceeds from the game, which the Blugolds won 7-2, went to the capital campaign for the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Read an Oct. 15 Spectator story about the game, and see related photos below.

Hockey Profs team photo

The Hockey Profs include (front row, left to right) Scott Kilgallon, athletics; James Phillips, chemistry; Paul Kaldjian, geography; Joe Hupy, geography; Matt Loen, athletics; Phil Ostrander, music and theatre arts; Jeff Janot, kinesiology; and (back row, left to right) Amanda Schultz, athletics; Tina Killey, activities and programs; Meghan Martin, athletics; Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich; Fred Kolb, economics; and Don Bredle, kinesiology. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)
Blugold goalie Lindsay Savat kept an eye on the Hockey Profs' Amanda Schultz as she brought the puck around the goal. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS) Go to top of page
Lindsay Savat and Amanda Schultz


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